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to sequestration. in the earnings call for delta, say expressed concern about the sequester delays and the faa staffing hurting business down the road. by the way, yesterday, 1,200 flights were delayed due to low staffing and today on "power lunch" when we talked with the secretary of transportation, he said, guess what, it's going to get worse. >> it's probably going to get worse, phil, because we haven't experienced any bad weather. we know there are going to be thunderstorms in chicago. we know there are going to be thunderstorms over the new york air space. we know that there are going to be storms coming in off the pacific ocean in l.a. and in san francisco and when that happens, this will only get worse. >> so as you take a look at the airline index, which has been moving higher over the last six months, keep this in mind, bill and maria, so far, we have not seen advanced bookings hurt because people are worried about delays is and their trips being ruined. but that potential is out there, especially as we head into the busy summer travel season. maria? >> phil, thank you so much. so is
it is for the airline expressed concerns due to the faa furloughs impacting their business in the second and third quarters. with more delays expected some on wall street are worried the sequester could warn potential airline customers not to fly. >> people get to vote their vacation dollars however they want and they see that it's a hassle to fly more than it's normally a hassle to fly and they may vote and, you know, differently and with lower gasoline price s they might get people driving to their vacation rather than flying. >> so far bookings have not been hurt by sequester delays, but there is a genuine concern that if the longer they last and if they become worst, people who were planning to take a flight might decide not to take that trip. phil lebeau, "nightly business report," chicago. >>> we are just two weeks into the first quarter earnings season and you've probably noticed that many companies have been reporting earnings that are better than investors expected and there are also weak forecasts for the rest of the year like the one we got fro apple tonight. with 20% of s&p 500 compani
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